Archive for May 2012

National Fishing and Boating Week 2012 Kicks Off June 2

National Fishing and Boating Week 2012 Kicks Off June 2
Take Me Fishing™ Encourages Participation, Offers Resources The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign is encouraging families, kids and outdoor adventurers alike to spend more time in the great outdoors and on the water this summer. According to the Outdoor Foundation, the average child spends 35 hours a week in front... Read more »

Family Fun 4th of July Vacation idea that's good for all summer long

Family fun fishing vacations are great but there are times when you can enjoy quality time with the family and get up close and personal with nature.  Do that by hopping on your bicycles and taking a ride on one of the miles of trails in Boulder Junction Wisconsin.  And if you’re plans are to... Read more »

National Survey to Explore Dove Hunter Opinions

  National Survey to Explore Dove Hunter Opinions
Illinois hunters are encouraged to participate in an upcoming survey that will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting.  Topics will include time spent hunting, demographics, constraints to hunting, and thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife.... Read more »

Lower Niagara Fishing Photos

At the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Spring Mega Media Cast N Blast, some great fishing was had on the Lower Niagara River, the eastern basin of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. We could not have done it alone.  We had a lot of help from guides like Matt Yablonsky (, Jeff Draper ( Read more »

What's a Cast N Blast Breakout Afternoon?

My wife asked that question of me. Well, it’s simple.  The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) has an annual Mega Media Cast N Blast event at a new destination each  year.  This year we went to Lewiston, New York.  Lewiston lies on the banks of the Lower Niagara River, about 10 minutes or... Read more »

Bass fishing photos can tell the story about Lake of the Ozarks

Don Dz... and Jim Divincen, Executive Vice President of the Tri-County Lodging Association at Lake of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is a body of water that I’ve never fished before.  I was anxious to see what the fishing was like on a lake that I’ve heard so much about. Lake of the Ozarks is a fantastic bass fishery. The lake is home to stripers, walleyes, muskie, catfish and... Read more »

Tips for Great Outdoor Photography

Outdoor photography can mean more than simply snapping a few pics with your phone and throwing them on your social media page. A photo can capture a moment in time, a moment that we can savor and share with friends and family for years.  Today’s digital cameras have made it possible for just about anyone... Read more »

Spring season bags 15,941 birds. Not bad.

Spring season bags 15,941 birds.  Not bad.
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,941 wild turkeys during the 2012 Spring Turkey Season.  The 2012 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,121 in 2011.  Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006. Hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 7,006 wild turkeys during... Read more »

Illinois Outdoors Reviews 2012 GMC Acadia

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I’m pretty lucky that I get to review a variety of GM vehicles.  This last week I took a GMC Acadia on a test ride and can gladly say that I really liked it. What surprised me the most about this vehicle is that some may consider it a small SUV.  But once inside, there’s... Read more »

Free Fishing Days at Crab Orchard Lake in Southern Illinois

Free Fishing Days at Crab Orchard Lake in Southern Illinois
Outdoor writer Don Gassaway sent this over regarding the fun fishing opportunities that can be found in southern Illinois.  It’s a great close to home destination for a weekend or week long getaway. Giggles, laughs, squeals of delight and even a few tears will fill the air on June 9, 2012.  The annual Free Fishing... Read more »